With reports linking Shaktar Donetsk's Willian with a move to Tottenham, it's interesting to speculate how Andres Villas-Boas would use the young Brazilian.
Currently, Villas-Boas sets his team up in a traditional 4-4-2 with either Emmanuel Adebayor or Jermaine Defoe dropping deep to link-up with the midfield.
This hasn't been working with a string of frustrating performances, where Spurs were unable to break down defences that parked the bus to some degree, shown recently against ex-manager Harry Redknapp's QPR.
With Willian in the side, Villas-Boas would be able to play the 4-5-1 formation he prefers, using the Brazilian's pace, dribbling, and eye for a pass to break down defences that sit back and invite pressure. Gylfi Sigurdsson was supposed to be the man for the job this season, but with no goals, and three ssists in 20 games, he hasn't been able to replace Rafeal Van der Vaart's creative influence.
The signing of Willian would also help bring out the best in Moussa Dembele. With most of the creative responsibility squarely on the Belgians' shoulders this term, teams have been able to shackle him to some degree, but with Willian in the side he would be able to drop a little deeper and effect the game with his well-timed runs and distribution of the ball.
Villas-Boas would do well to sign the Brazilian international with Chelsea also said to be interested, but considering the options Willian would bring, it would be well worth it in my opinion.
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